Dawgs down Tigers in Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry
For the third straight year, the UGA Bulldogs came out on top in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
The Dawgs beat Auburn at home Saturday night by a score of 13-7. The win gave Georgia bowl eligibility for the 19th straight year.
The Dawgs failed to get an offensive score but their defense came up big, recording a pick six to begin the second half and holding the Auburn offense to zero first downs in the last two quarters. It was a much needed and big win for the Dawgs who finally got their first win at home this season against an SEC team.
"It’s great to know that we came out here and did what we had to do and get the W, and just it was a great team win," said wide receiver Terry Godwin. "I feel like we played together and did what we were supposed to do.”
"It felt amazing," said linebacker Roquan Smith. "A top 10 team comes into your house and no one gave us a shot so after getting that W, Dawg Nation, they came out faithfully and we just had to do it."
For the Auburn Tigers, the loss meant one big thing: they’re no longer in the race for the SEC West title. Auburn dropped their second conference game of the season and snapped a six game win streak.
It was a tough day all around. The Tigers were without running back and SEC leading rusher Kamryn Pettway after he sat out due to an injury. Quarterback Sean White, on the other hand, didn’t throw a pass all week at practice and played despite not being 100% healthy.
The loss hurts, but with two games left, the Tigers aren’t going to dwell on the loss.
“We’re just gonna finish out," said linebacker Tre’ Williams. "There’s nothing else we can do. We just gotta finish out the season and put that one behind us.”
“We didn’t come here to do this, we didn’t come here to lose we came here to win," said fullback Chandler Cox. "It’s never fun losing but it’s something we can learn from and we gotta move on.”
The Tigers will host Alabama A&M on Saturday. Georgia is also at home, hosting UL Lafayette.